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UIndy Faculty, Staff Provide Expert Insight to Local & National Media in February

UIndy Faculty in the News February

As part of their commitment to “education for service,” faculty and staff at the University of Indianapolis share their expertise with local and national news outlets in order to keep our community informed and to introduce new perspectives on current issues.

UIndy faculty and staff were featured in the following news stories in February:

Dr. Tracy Johnson, assistant professor of education, along with one of her students, explained how UIndy is making sure students are prepared to help future elementary teachers by utilizing the ‘science of reading’ model on WTHR, following a $750,000 grant from Lilly Endowment.

Dr. Amanda Miller, chair of the Department of Sociology, provided insight into how professional coaches are helping people navigate ‘Dating 2.0’ for AFP, the equivalent of the French AP, for an article which was widely syndicated elsewhere including on Yahoo News.

Dr. Laura Merrifield Wilson, associate professor of political science, was one of two featured guests on the 30-minute conversation for the Indiana Lawmakers Show on WFYI as well as IN Focus for Fox 59. She also explained why lawmakers are proposing to bring civics education to earlier grades for Chalkbeat and provided insight to the Indianapolis Business Journal as the outlet covered the governor’s race.

Carissa Newton, assistant professor of practice in marketing, was named one of the Top 15 Marketing Experts in Indianapolis in 2024 by Influence Digest. Newton was also interviewed by Indianapolis Monthly for an article about the transformation of the DeHaan Estate into a furniture store and restaurant for lifestyle brand RH.

Dr. Mark O’Connor, associate professor and director of jazz studies, and Isaiah J. Thompson, UIndy artist-in-residence, were interviewed by Indy Now for Thompson’s performances around Indianapolis as part of the NBA All-Star Weekend.

Kate Coffman, associate vice president of marketing and enrollment support, appeared for a live interview on Fox 59 to explain the upcoming FAFSA changes. Steve Schuetz, interim vice president for enrollment management, also provided expertise to WISH-TV about how FAFSA portal problems are affecting both current and prospective students.

Police Chief Brandon Pate, along with student Audrey Henry, received prominent coverage on both Fox 59 as well as WTHR-TV for a story on the installation of security barriers in every classroom on campus, stories that were syndicated by stations in Louisville, Evansville and South Bend. Pate also showcased how UIndy is embracing technology to make campus more secure in a story with WISH-TV.

Dr. Marc Milne, associate professor of biology, was highlighted by The Republic for an upcoming talk he is going to give on ‘The Surprising Secret Life of Spiders’ to the Mudlark Garden Club of Columbus.

Dr. Krista Latham, professor of biology and anthropology, as well as the director of the Human Identification Center, received recognition from the Allen County Coroner who released the identity of a woman’s body found in a Fort Wayne basement in 1992 in a story that appeared in local outlets like WFFT as well as received national attention from CNN.

Dr. Gregory Shufeldt, associate professor of political science, provided insight to the Indiana Capital Chronicle for an article examining various ways Republicans are exerting control at the Statehouse.

Dr. Matt Will, associate professor of finance, was quoted in the Daily Journal as part of the coverage of a free Financial Planning Day organized by the UIndy Student Business Leadership Academy, in addition to multiple radio appearances on WIBC.

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